[ kraw ]
/ krɔ /


the crop of a bird or insect.
the stomach of an animal.


Nearby words

  1. craven,
  2. cravenly,
  3. craving,
  4. cravingly,
  5. cravings,
  6. craw-thumper,
  7. crawdad,
  8. crawdaddy,
  9. crawfish,
  10. crawford


    stick in one's craw, to cause considerable or abiding resentment; rankle: She said I was pompous, and that really stuck in my craw.

Origin of craw

1350–1400; Middle English crawe, probably akin to crag2

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British Dictionary definitions for craw


/ (krɔː) /


a less common word for crop (def. 6)
the stomach of an animal
stick in one's craw or stick in one's throat informal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe

Word Origin for craw

C14: related to Middle High German krage, Middle Dutch crāghe neck, Icelandic kragi collar

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Word Origin and History for craw



Old English *cræg "throat," a Germanic word (e.g. Middle Dutch craghe "neck, throat," Old High German chrago, German Kragen "collar, neck"), of obscure origin.

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Idioms and Phrases with craw


see stick in one's craw.

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